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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When forced to tell Allison how he knows her, what does Wili say?
2. Paul and the others are stopped outside of the Authority enclave by what?
3. What does Wili reveal about the nature of bobbles?
4. What relationship do Paul and Allison claim to have as part of the cover they use to travel to the Authority enclave?
5. What does Avery say the Tinkers would need to create their own bobbles?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mike feel about losing Jeremy inside the bobble at the bioscience lab?
2. Why are Paul and the others stopped on the road to the Authority enclave?
3. What important bobbles does Paul say are due to collapse soon?
4. How does Della and Mike's relationship change while they are at Kaladze's camp?
5. Why does Kaladze say Wili should trust Mike?
6. How are Paul and the others able to travel to the Authority enclave in secret?
7. Why does Avery decide to enact Renaissance?
8. How does Avery lose control over the situation early in the battle with the Tinkers?
9. What major intelligence problem does the Authority face during the battle, and what does Della recommend to solve it?
10. How do Wili's abilities compare to Paul's?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
Essay Topic 2
The events that led to the unusual state of raffias are only discussed tangentially and only become clear in the final chapters of the story. The rise of the Authority rapidly and dramatically altered the political landscape of the world.
1) Explain how the bobbles were discovered and first created. What involvement did Paul and the progenitors of the Authority have in these discoveries?
2) Describe how the Authority came to power and how it was able to subdue major military powers such as the United States?
3) Using evidence from the book, speculate as to how the setting could have evolved differently had some minor factors been altered slightly.
Essay Topic 3
Paul recognizes quickly that Wili has a deep love of knowledge, a trait that connects them, and which allows Wili's capabilities to grow rapidly under Paul's tutelage. This passion is a critical element of the story and plays an important role in the denouement.
1) Explain how Paul recognizes Wili's love for knowledge, and why this trait interests him.
2) Discuss the impact of this trait on Wili's development and studies; explain how it positions him to take over for Paul later in the novel.
3) Describe some of the other characters and groups who share this trait, and discuss how they are presented in the novel. Is a love of knowledge presented as a universal good, a mixed good, or in a neutral light?
4) Explain the importance some characters predict, near the end of the novel, that the love of knowledge will have.
This section contains 954 words
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